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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Nov 24, 2008 7:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Bailout??????????? (Non Dead obviously)

For once, I'm not going to make this about politics. Well maybe not. But we've got two groups of utterly clueless assholes competing for first prize right now.

The first group is us, who diligently send our money to Washington to have it spent for the good the country. This group doesn't appear to have a voice, or the right phone number.

The second group is the assholes that spend it, and at each and every turn forget where the money came from.

Don't get me wrong. As an engineering sales consultant, I see a ton of good business continuing to act in defiance of what appears to be financial Armageddon. Businesses that have gained 20-25% over last year, that are both aggressive and of sound business principles. These people are pissed in a very major way, primarily because the contributions they've made to their retirement plan for the last 20 years is vanished.

....But they still get up in the morning, put their shoes on and go to work. Because it's the right thing to do, and because they have to. It doesn't matter who the president is, don't matter who it was, hard work makes good luck and for those sitting on their asses complaining about their situation, well they'll reap what they sow.

Me, I've got a bomb shelter that needs dug.

See y'all.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Nov 24, 2008 7:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Bailout??????????? (Non Dead obviously)

Another man's opinion, in the interest of equal time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OET9hCaYTJs

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 25, 2008 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Bailout??????????? (Non Dead obviously)

I put my retirement money into food and education for my kids, at the end of each workday I 'retire' and have some food and hope my kids will do well enough that they can eventually help with mortgage & tax payments OR my wife and I can move in with them and be annoying (payback baby).

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 24, 2008 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Bailout??????????? (Non Dead obviously)

Humor aside - spend some time on this site.

http://www.chrismartenson.com

Watch 'The Crash Course' and formulate your own opinion.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Nov 25, 2008 6:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Bailout??????????? (Non Dead obviously)

Very bright guy who sees the future pretty clearly, and supports his position with well established examples from the past. The one thing I sense about Martenson is a clear tendency to commit to gold which is another subject altogether.

Bottom line is that with the 24/7 onslaught of bad news it's very easy to get caught up in seeing and believing worst case scenarios. But like I said, people are going to work every day, and for much of the country it's business as usual.

My tongue in cheek humor, however is really borne of this dramatic sense of being systematically victimized by something that is clearly bigger than even our own government. The economy and management of government has become something that even the greatest of thinkers are having trouble wrapping their brains around.

Call me a Luddite, but the older I get, the more I wish for simpler times.